Extra river patrols planned for hot weekend

Increased patrols will be out on the Columbia River for the hot weekend

Deputies are patrolling along the Columbia River on busy summer days. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With the hot weather expected in the Portland area this weekend, Multnomah County will have extra patrols out on the water to keep swimmers and boaters safe.

Crews patrolling along the Columbia River on busy summer days. (KOIN)
Crews patrolling along the Columbia River on busy summer days. (KOIN)

The sheriff’s office says this might be one of the busiest weekends on the river, want people to remember safety while they’re cooling off.

Deputies are still trying to figure out what happened when a man in his 20s downed in the Columbia River near Kelley Point Park on August 11.

“Incidents like what occurred yesterday, another drowning in our area, comes as a strong reminder as we get really good weather like this weekend, people need to really need to take extra caution, extra consideration when around the waterways,” Sgt. Steve Dangler said.

Dangler will be patrolling this weekend from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., with extra water patrol in the afternoons to help control what is expected to be a parking lot of boats out on the river.

The primary concerns with the 90 degree temperatures are dehydration, heavy boat traffic and potentially dangerous swimming conditions.

Three drownings on the Columbia River in the past month should be a warning of what can happen if swimmers feel too invincible.

“It looks like a perfect place to spend a day like today, it is,” Dangler said. “That’s part of the allure. Everybody wants to be on the water and enjoy the water but just remember how dangerous it can be. Once you slip under the water. Recovering somebody is extremely difficult.”


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